Three-Star Cornerback Joseph Johnson Commits to Penn State

By Craig Fritz on July 2, 2019 at 7:15 pm
Penn State Commit Joseph Johnson III

It's a busy Tuesday evening in Happy Valley. Just minutes after three-star Texas wide receiver announced his commitment, the Nittany Lions added a second prospect to the Class of 2020 with the commitment of composite three-star cornerback Joseph Johnson III (Colonial Heights, VA). 

Johnson was previously pledged to NC State, but decommitted on May 8. Following his walkback from the Wolfpack, he officially visited Texas A&M, NC State, and Penn State in June. He also made a May trip to Columbus to check out Ohio State. The Nittany Lions, Aggies, and Wolfpack ended up as his three finalists in a commitment ceremony at his school.

The johnson File

  • Class: 2020
  • Size: 6-3/180lbs
  • Pos: Cornerback
  • School: Life Christian Academy (Colonial Heights, VA)
  • Composite Rating: ★★★ (,8884)
  • Composite Rank: No. 369 Overall, No. 33 CB

Outside of his finalists and the Buckeyes, Johnson also had offers from  Florida, Florida State, West Virginia, Indiana, Baylor, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, and Pitt.

Johnson is very much in the mold of a number of cornerback prospects James Franklin's staff has brought to Happy Valley. His size stokes memories of Amani Oruwariye, among others, while his length is reminiscent of a number of players, such as Tariq Castro-Fields. 247Sports' Brian Dohn had high praise for the newest Nittany Lion after an Under Armour Regional Camp:

Johnson is long, athletic, loose in the hips and breaks on the ball well. He can flip his hips and run with a receiver down the field, and he showed closing speed. Johnson demonstrated a good feel for the cornerback spot. He was aggressive. His length was an issue for receivers.

He becomes commitment No. 18 in Penn State's 2020 class, which sits at No. 10 nationally according to the 247Sports Composite, and third in the Big Ten.

Joseph Johnson III Junior Year Highlights